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Aarhus University professor wants to decriminalise cows
As of 1 September 2020, Mette Olaf Nielsen has been appointed professor in “Production and Lactation Physiology in Ruminants” at Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University. Mette will contribute to solving the agriculture’s climate challenge...
The importance of cattle to climate, land use and nutrition
An article in the scientific journal "Foods" describes various Danish dietary patterns and their impact on carbon footprint, land use and nutrition, focusing on the importance of beef in various dietary patterns....
Wellness for dairy cows
Does butter taste better when the cows are happy? ...
OSI Strategy Improves Global Food Safety, Quality
With consumer expectations increasing, and demand for supply chain visibility growing, high food quality and safety standards are expected from food businesses....
UC-Davis Researchers Find 50% Reduction in Greenhouse Gases Per Liter of Milk
Producing a liter of milk in California emits less greenhouse gas and uses less land and water than it did in 1964, according to a recent study from researchers at the University of California, Davis....
On-farm emissions reduced by proactive slurry management
Livestock farmers are being urged to have a comprehensive understanding of the environmental impact of slurry if the UK's agricultural sector is going to be anywhere near reaching its net zero emissions target by 2040....
Ways to work around the UK's cattle carbon tax
Lowering the slaughter age for prime animals could help farmers meet environmental goals. ...
More space for climate and cow in dairy barn
Future stables are expected to be more in line with the natural behavior of cows, climate control, limiting emissions, reuse of waste, quality of manure and capital efficiency. That says Paul Galama of Wageningen Livestock Research. Together with colleagues...
New methods to predict methane emissions of dairy cattle
Methane emissions of dairy cattle can be predicted using both milk fatty acids and milk infrared spectra. This has been demonstrated by researchers at Wageningen University & Research and Qlip under the auspices of the TiFN project Reduced Methane Emission...
Pasture quality may worsen because of climate change
The increase in average temperatures expected for the next few decades, of at least 2º C, may have an unexpected impact on the pocket of ranchers....
Keeping Cows Cool with Less Water and Energy
Innovative cooling technologies tested on dairy cows at the University of California, Davis, are addressing the long-standing challenge of keeping dairy cows cool in heat-stressed California....
Hill-Climbing Cows May Help Rangeland Sustainability
Most of the 5 million cattle that graze on California’s rangelands like to dine in the valleys and hang out by creeks....
Ancient DNA Reveals Origins of Livestock Herding in Africa
Visitors to East Africa are often amazed by massive herds of cattle with a gorgeous array of horn, hump and coat patterns. Pastoralism – a way of life centered around herding – is a central part of many Africans’ identity. It’s also a key economic...
Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it, writes...
Oxford Scientists: Get the maths right on emissions or risk missing temperature target
The way that governments are setting targets for different greenhouse gas emissions could be “unfair, inefficient and dangerous”, researchers argue in a new paper....
 
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